DUST: The Beirut Groove Collective at The Music Room on 17th February
DUST is a recent addition to the party scene in Dubai, aiming to host events that aims to provide music lovers a different experience with a diverse music policy ranging from hip hop, to boogie, to bass music and back again. Basically what you can't experience at many clubs in the city.
This month DUST will be hosting their event at The Music Room on Friday 17th Februay, presenting The Beirut Groove Collective, "purveyours of the finest in Rare Groove, Funk, Soul, Hip hop, & Disco". The night will also feature the DUST DJs - Megadon Betamax, James Locksmith, DJ Solo aka Wriggly Scott, Ian Yeti.
Here's a short clip from DUST's launch night last September to give you a taste of what to expect.
The Beirut Groove Collective (BGC) was established in 2009 by two of Lebanon’s pioneer DJs - Ernesto Chahoud & Rami Obeid, with the support of other artists - Ramsay Short , VJ Nadim Saoma, Filmaker Helena Forsell and painter/trombonist Tom Young.
The goal of the BGC was and is simple: to document, promote and preserve the best in African and African-influenced musical traditions - particularly Black American musical strains - jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, rare-groove and hip-hop.
BGC began a humble attempt to do something new in Beirut - organizing “house-party” events with a premium on utilizing unique alternative, community-oriented spaces such as a ramshackled fairground as a means of drawing parallels to the underground funk and soul parties that used to occur in the major urban centers of America and Africa in the 1970s.
Here's a short film about BGC and hope it will encourage you to check out their gig at The Music Room. I know I'm looking forward to it.